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Because Everyone Is WORTH It

Who: 
WORTH Trust
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<address style="text-align: justify"> <em><span style="font-family: Cambria, serif">We were able to educate many more children with the funds saved on the IT expenses. Not only are we enjoying a more efficient system with the help of relevant technology, we did not have to divert away a lot of funds to the IT expenses.”</span></em></address> <p style="text-align: justify" class="Default" align="center"> <span style="font-family: Cambria, serif"> </span> </p> <p style="text-align: justify" class="Default" align="center"> <span style="font-family: Cambria, serif">Myke Nunes, Deputy Manager of Marketing</span> </p>

Arjun was born partially blind. With doctors giving no hope that his eyesight would get any better, his parents were constantly worried about his education and ability to support himself. However, like many others from a low-income group, they were unable to afford treatment for their son.

India is home to 70 million persons with disabilities (PwDs). While challenges exist for all, these challenges assume more serious proportions for people from the low-income sections. Like Arjun, they are deprived of treatment and the chance to build a life of dignity for themselves.

It is this section of society that WORTH Trust aims to help. WORTH, which stands for Workshop for Rehabilitation and Training of the Handicapped, aims to create opportunities for vocational training and avenues for employment for handicapped individuals in India.

Fig 1: Production unit of WORTH Trust

A Solution with Dignity

WORTH Trust uses a two-pronged model that addresses challenges faced by PwDs at various levels. Production
units run by the trust manufacture high-quality industrial components,

affordable mobility aids, and assistive devices. These units, located across four southern cities of Katpadi, Pondicherry, Tiruchirapalli, and Chennai, employ PwDs and provide them with honourable livelihood opportunities. Not only
does WORTH work towards creating a barrier-free world for the physically
challenged, it does this work with the help of persons with disabilities,
creating a circle of empowerment.

Fig 2: A Rehabilitation Centre for Children

The surplus generated from the production units is ploughed back into the system and supports the second arm — the rehabilitation centres. Technical training centres provide free vocational training to boys and girls with orthopaedic and hearing challenges. Other programs include a school for the speech and hearing impaired and a day care centre for children with intellectual challenges.
With this unique cross-subsidy model, WORTH aims to mainstream children like Arjun by providing them with training and employment. Beginning as support for the Swedish Red Cross’ work to rehabilitate people with leprosy in 1963, WORTH has come a long way. Today it embraces the social responsibility of rehabilitating PwDs and demonstrating that every person has a useful role to play in society and the right to live a full life.

Expanding Through Technology

The road to achieving this impact was not free from obstacles. Getting enough work in the initial days was a challenge. As WORTH expanded, it encountered different trials. With a growing number of centres, managing daily processes such as accounts posed a big challenge. Each unit maintained separate physical records, which had to be manually collated. Simple tasks such as communication between centres would take up a large amount of time and bring down efficiency. The management was spending far too much time on manual processes.

To automate systems, a part of the funds was invested in buying computers. However, faced with high prices, the organization was not able to invest in genuine software, and low security caused their systems to crash. WORTH was desperate for a solution to this crisis.
Around this time, through a friendly IT consultant, WORTH Trust heard about NASSCOM Foundation’s software donation initiative, BigTech. WORTH Trust registered on the platform. Within a few days, WORTH was able to acquire genuine licenses for their computers and email servers. An efficient mechanism of data entry and collection was worked out, and all employees received email accounts through the organization to maintain safe and fast communication. This not only created efficient systems but also saved time that could be much better utilized.


Being a self-sustaining organization, WORTH believes in putting every penny back into the cause they support.
The software donations freed up funds that would have been used for IT expenses. These funds were used in the education and training of children, creating empowered citizens for the future. 

Success through Collaboration

NASSCOM Foundation’s BigTech donations program, run in partnership with TechSoup Global, aims to support the work of NGOs such as WORTH. Through software donations, NASSCOM aims to bring in efficiency and other benefits that technology can provide to the Indian NGO sector. WORTH Trust received donations of Windows Remote Desktop Services, Windows 8, and Windows Server Datacenter Edition and has steadily integrated technology into its work. To streamline processes further, the management is now planning to install biometric attendance systems for the staff that work at their production units.
 
To learn more about the work of WORTH Trust visit: http://www.worthtrust.org.in/

Opthalmic Mission Trust

posted  बुध, 10/03/2010 - 10:44  

We are a charitable organization working in rural tribal area since last 17 years.We are working in field of clinical services, rural eye health, awareness generation, education-medical and paramedical and Research clinical and operational.

QuickHeal Antivirus to the rescue

posted  मंगल, 26/04/2011 - 11:58  
Who: 
Institute for Integrated Rural Development (IIRD)
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"It was a great boon for us to get the QuickHeal which is now installed in all our computers and makes our work much easier." Joy Daniel
quickheal

Thanks to BigTech, we were able to get the Quickheal antivirus in our office. Before this, we were using free antivirus software that we had downloaded. There were difficulties with updating the software and somehow viruses were still able to get through despite the Antivirus software. This resulted in lots of time and efforts being wasted due to data loss or inability to perform some critical information services - printing or sending emails for instance. As a non-profit social development organization, we could not afford the high costs of commercial Antivirus Software that has the qualities comparable with QuickHeal. Most of our resources are focused to improve the living conditions of the rural small farmers in one of the most backward regions of India - the Marathwada region. Our work encompasses care for the elderly destitute, vocational training of the unemployed youth, and promotion of organic farming. It was a great boon for us to get the QuickHeal which is now installed in all our computers and makes our work much easier. BigTech and QuickHeal has made our lives a lot easier and we now focus on what matters most for the small farmers.

- Joy Daniel, Institute for Integrated Rural Development 

Operation ASHA

posted  गुरु, 27/05/2010 - 12:25  
Products your organization received from BiGTech:
31 orders of Office Professional Plus 2007 (Includes Software Assurance)
1 order of Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition 32-Bit/x64 (Includes Software Assurance)
20 orders of Windows 7 Enterprise Upgrade 64-Bit (Includes Software Assurance) (English)
 
What did you find as a result of buying this product?
These products helped us in making the work more effective.

S. S. S. Educational and Charitable Trust

posted  सोम, 22/02/2010 - 16:53   I am satisfied with the software donation you will provide. Since our NGO is located in rural area of India, we are interested to provide free training on computer skills to poor students. The students, being a backbone of future society, they will use the softwares to develop our society.

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ABM Samaj Prabodhan Sanstha

posted  बुध, 10/03/2010 - 13:49   We express our deep sense of gratitude for your unique donation of Quick Heal Antivirus Software. Now a days there are very common problem of each and every computer Institutions, the institutes which are profit making they bear the price easily but as per as the volunteer sector is concerned this is not common for them and definitely the virus is permanent headache for them. At this juncture,the BiGTech played very instrumental role to wipe out the tears of the NGOs & voluntary institutions by donating the original software of Quick Heal by simple donation.

Kherwadi Social Welfare Association

posted  मंगल, 25/05/2010 - 16:31  

Kherwadi Social Welfare Association’s mission is to successfully set up ‘Parishramalaya Vidhyapeeth’ as a Deemed Center of Excellence that propels the Yuva Parivartan (Youth Change) movement to the national level. Our vision is to create opportunities for school dropouts and deprived youth to enable them to lead productive and socially useful lives. 

Smile Foundation

posted  मंगल, 25/05/2010 - 17:02   As a Social Venture Philanthropist, Smile Foundation promotes and catalyses universal education among underprivileged children.

What do donation recipients say about BiGTech

posted  मंगल, 04/10/2011 - 16:44  
Who: 
Teach To Lead
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A very big thank you to Nasscom foundation for donating software to our organisation. Teach For India is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create a movement of leaders who will work to eliminate educational inequity in the country. We are working on systems to create efficiency in our operations and this donation is helping us make a big step in that direction. We thank Nasscom Foundation for making the whole process so seamless and superseding all our expectations with the really quick turn around time

Seva Mandir

posted  बुध, 24/02/2010 - 15:16  

Seva Mandir is a voluntary organization, which has been working with rural tribal communities in 626 villages of Udaipur and Rajsamand District for more than four decades now. There are 286 full time staff and we have 6 rural workstations, one urban work station and a head quarter. We have a network of 120 computer systems in our organization.

The use of computer in our organization is listed below -

    * Maintain a database of information and analyzing the data, mapping our growth and              produce documentation.